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Sublimation Socks (7 x 10)


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These are stripey socks that match stripily in the ankle area, but are otherwise color-mirrored. They are addictively fun to knit and it is easy to keep track of rounds within the pattern---in fact, it is easy to put down your sock-in-progress at almost any point in the pattern and then pick them up again and see quickly where you are. There are also some convenient pausing points built into the pattern. *Sublimation* is the process of moving from a solid state to a gaseous state without passing through a liquid state. (It's what you observe when dry ice creates a mist.) Passing from solid to gas is abrupt, like changing between stripes of different colors. Yet, the effect is continuous, as with the changing of one predominant stripe color to the other in these socks. Any yarn that knits to 7 stitches and 10 rows to the inch will work well for these socks. The pattern is also available on Craftsy for yarn that knits to 6 stitches and 8 rows to the inch and for yarn that knits to 8 stitches and 12 rows to the inch. The collection of all three versions of the pattern is also available on Craftsy, While instructions are given for toe-up socks, they can easily be modified to be cuff-down. The circumference can be modified easily. The only straightforward lengthwise sizing modification is changing the length of the foot. There is a section in the pattern (totally optional reading) that explains the mathematics behind the design. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit and purl make one Judy's Magic Cast On (A link to a tutorial is provided in the pattern) short rows (Links to tutorials are provided in the pattern) Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (A link to a tutorial is provided in the pattern) GAUGE 7 stitches to the inch and 10 rows to the inch. The *row gauge* is important in this pattern; the stitch gauge, not so much. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size S: foot circumference 7.5", foot length ~8.5", total length (toe to cuff) ~13". Size M: foot circumference 8", foot length ~9.25", total length (toe to cuff) ~15". Size L: foot circumference 9", foot length ~10.5", total length (toe to cuff) ~16". SUGGESTED YARN 300 yards of Sport weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Two 50g/2oz. skeins of sock yarn, one each in color 1 and color 2.
  • (Suggested yarns: Valley Yarns Charlemont, Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye)
  • At least one circular needle (for the cast on); for the remainder of the socks, use needles for your preferred technique (one circular needle, two circular needles, or a set of double-pointed needles).

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I'm a math professor by trade, and (unsurprisingly) my designs are informed by mathematical concepts. I co-edited the books <i>Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects</i> and <i>Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics</i> with my colleague and friend Carolyn Yackel. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me and my way-too-many interests (including my ex-cat, socially responsible investing, dance, feminist philosophy of science,...) at <a href="">my website</a>.